Colorful artwork is new to downtown Edmond
EDMOND — Artist Zonly Looman was all alone with his thoughts on a recent afternoon, while holding a tray of brightly colored paints and creating a mural.
The 60 feet by 13 feet mural covers the back entrance to 100 N Broadway, where Looman's Studio Z, an art and events business, is located.
The mural that the 2013 Deer Creek High School graduate calls "Buffalo Off Broadway" is located north of Hurd between Broadway and Boulevard.
Looman, 23, has been working for more than two weeks on the mural that features a buffalo, mountains, water, flowers and a sunset.
In his painter's tray are red, yellow and blue, which Looman is mixing into various colors in an effort to save money.
"Edmond doesn't have much color," Looman said. "I wanted to bring some pop. This has bright colors. I paint a lot of bright colors on my canvases."
Looman, a full-time tattoo artist, hopes to be finished in time for the next Heard on Hurd downtown street festival on April 15. He hopes to see his art in the backgrounds of photographs taken during Heard on Hurd.
The mural is a joint project with the Edmond Visual Arts Commission, approved on Feb. 22. The $15,370 cost is being split between the visual arts commission and Frederick Berg, Looman's grandfather.
Berg, 97, died Thursday after having a stroke, Looman said.
"He got to see my work, and I am going to dedicate my work to him," Looman said.
Saeed and Koorosh Zahrai, owners of the building, gave permission for the mural to be painted on their property.
This is the 187th piece in the city's public art collection.